AUSTIN (KXAN) — Infants dying in their sleep while sharing a bed with an adult or older child is on the rise in Texas.
Child Protective Services reports investigating 164 cases in the first 10 months of this fiscal year. The number is on pace to surpass the record of 174 co-sleeping deaths in 2011. Last year there were 169 deaths investigated by CPS.
Eleven of the deaths from this year were in Travis County.
All but a few of the 164 deaths involved children under the age of one, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says.
Over the next two months, the department will spend $100,000 working to educate the public through online advertising and social media campaigns and to remind parents about the ABC’s of safe sleep.
“It’s the ABCs of safe sleep, which is: babies should sleep alone, on their backs, in a crib, in a smoke free environment,” said Julie Moody, with the Department of Family Protective Services.
The ABC’s of Infant Sleep:
- A – Babies should sleep alone
- B – On their backs with no blankets or bedding
- C – In a crib and cool (70 degrees)
- S – In a smoke free environment